Grants Timber Bowl

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Project by robscastle posted 06-17-2019 02:54 AM 1524 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You could also call this my first attempt at making solid wood bowls.
Its possibly not of a sale able standard but its my best effort.
The timber is an Australian hardwood of the Eucalyptus Species possibly from its features its Yellow Stringy Bark. (Worm Holes and Colour)
I used a variety of methods in its construction some not quite the right way to do it but managed to produce an acceptable result

The Material:
Yellow stringybark is a medium to large hardwood species that grows in southern New South Wales and eastern Victoria. The tree features yellow to yellowish-brown heartwood with distinctively paler sapwood. Its grain is medium to fine, mainly straight but sometimes interlocked. Gum veins and bug holes are common.

Historically, commercial applications of yellow stringybark have ranged from wood chips to heavy construction in the form of piles, poles, bearers and stumps. Its timber is now widely used for flooring, decking and furniture. Excellent results have been obtained for outdoor structures such as pergolas, steps and hand railings. When appropriately kiln-dried, yellow stringybark may be used as a structural timber.

Untreated yellow stringybark is equivalent to ‘fire retardant treated timber’ when tested in accordance with AS/NZS 3837. The bushfire rating of this timber is expected to remain unchanged if assessed in accordance with proposed changes to the standard.

The construction was not without problems many of which I detailed in the Construction blog by the same name
I made my own template and profiled the edges of the material before making the actual bowl this is a bit incorrect as it removes any fixing areas.

The template.
To make my own template I used LBD’s wheel sanding jig and it allowed me to make the very accurate template you see.
In hindsight your are possibly better off buying an off the shelf one and matching the timber to it.

In the production of the bowl I managed to total two router bits, mainly due to incorrect process.

Finishing the bowl this takes quite a lot of effort to obtain the finished result you see.

It was a real learning experience for me and I was reasonable happy with the result

Summed up a few words.

From the raw materials, thicknessing Routing profiling and then sanding from 180 to 320 grit finishing with Gilly’s Carnauba wax polish.

Whats the cut in the side? ...Its a chain saw mark from when Grant cut the timber, its left there for a talking point when its delivered.

If you dont know already it produces a massive amount of waste.

Also its not recommended to use it in the garden See Mark Wilsons comment in the blog.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-17-2019 04:02 AM


That certainly was a lot of work, but it turned out great. All the fiasco to get the final product should give you some good (?) memories. After all, it’s those trials which stick with us!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#2 posted 06-17-2019 04:10 AM

Would make a geat chip bowl for Super Bowl parties. Looks nice!

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#3 posted 06-17-2019 04:39 AM

Would make a geat chip bowl for Super Bowl parties. Looks nice!


Or a solid rim for a square wheeled Harley. You’ll just have to make another one… before riding it to the router bit shop.

Jokes aside, Great job rc... finished up much better than you initially imagined (I bet).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 06-17-2019 05:19 AM

Perfext shaoe, perfect executiob

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-17-2019 10:42 AM

I think it’s pretty cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 06-17-2019 11:08 AM

Lots of moves to the final results. But all that work paid off the Timber Bowl looks great Rob! Even your blog was some great work! Anything on the bottom?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 06-17-2019 12:55 PM

Lotsa work in that one eh’ Rob. Blog was an entertaining read too :-) In the end Grant gets a nice bowl out of it so I’m sure all the headaches were worth it (to him) ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#8 posted 06-17-2019 01:14 PM

Very nice bowl, Rob. Sometimes you need to do things the hard way to remind yourself there’s a better way.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 06-17-2019 03:52 PM

Ouch! My drill press arm has sympathy pains and my fingers have sanding pains 8^)

The results are great! I see the process is a long and winding road but you persevered buddy!

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#10 posted 06-17-2019 11:19 PM

nice job buddy that came out pretty nice,but the work to get their i dont know,thats a lot of sanding.but hey they would make nice gifts for the holidays so instead of me killing my hands with all that sanding how bout you make me say 6 and get em off too me,with over 5 months it should be no problem right?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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